Link to New Page with Archived NC Rail-Trails Newsletters

We have recently learned that North Carolina Rail-Trails will be dissolving by early March 2017. It is unclear if any of the content from their website will be available online after that time. TRTC has assisted them in developing web content over the years and we have offered to keep these newsletters online since some portion of our site's users have also been interested in rail-trail news beyond the Triangle area. To access this page please click here

TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce Photo.com)

Update on Pittard Sears Parking Area

Over the next two years we'll be doing some fairly costly upgrades at this facility to improve access to the trail and to the water fountain for users with disabilities. During 2017 we'll be putting in a van accessible cement parking space with an adjacent access aisle at the rear of the lot and putting in a connected cement area which will connect this parking aisle to our water fountain.

In 2018 we will be constructing a new access trail to the ATT from the cement parking/fountain area. To do this we'll need to remove a number of trees, grind up and remove the stumps, grade and smooth the new surface to allow contract construction of a new four foot wide, 150 foot long cement connection to the trail. To allow smooth access to the ATT we'll be putting in an 18" diameter plastic culvert which will be covered over to the level of the trail.

We plan to do some portion of this work through volunteer efforts but construction of the new sidewalk will be done under contract.

First Workday on Culvert Repairs at the Eagle Spur Trail

On January 21st ~16 volunteers gave us great efforts to move 3 large plastic culverts about 3/4 of a mile to spots at the southern end of the trail. Over the next few months we plan to hold several workdays to install them as replacements for 40+ year old metal culverts which have failed. Putting them in will involve lots of digging to say the least. To find out more about this project and how to volunteer please see our Recruitment Flyer

Interesting Article on How Trails Improve Both People's Health and Community Health

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